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Say Yes to Upzoning

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On June 19, 2019
Despite zoning’s history of exclusionary use, I’ve long defended the idea on principle. It’s a throwing the baby out with the bathwater thing. Yes, racists and classists have used zoning to exclude people, but they will always find a tool to do that and zoning is a tool that can also be used to create […]
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Another Word on Amazon

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On February 14, 2019
Allow me to build upon Scott’s post below to think briefly about what Amazon pulling out of New York means for modern progressive politics. To say the least, the obsequiousness of city officials around the nation is courting Amazon made a lot of people sick. I understand the desperation to bring jobs into cities, but […]
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Desegregation Has Never Happened

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On December 14, 2017
This nation has flat out never integrated and liberal whites are as responsible for it as conservative whites. Using tract-level census data for 24 large metro areas, my co-authors and I examined whether neighborhood race conforms to the traditional 20th century pattern of non-white (largely black) city centers and white suburbs. We also observed to […]
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Rents

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On August 31, 2017
I’m a long-term renter, largely for reasons out of my control, which is the vagaries of academia, including having a spouse who lives several hundred miles away. I would like to buy at some point, but it’s not really feasible given the general life instability. But rental prices in Providence have really skyrocketed over the […]

Affordable Housing

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On April 19, 2017

Affordable housing lotteries in New York are really a sign of just how woeful the housing situation is in that city for the poor, not to mention the middle class. In a January press message, the devel

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